BELIEVE ME (FIKA)
12 track LP, comes as limited hand numbered vinyl (500 copies) with free mp3 download. Includes a recipe for apple glazed donuts and a bag of roibos tea.
Believe Me is the fourth LP from THE SMITTENS. THE SMITTENS, based in Burlington, Vermont, are loved as much in Europe by indiepop fans as they are in the USA, having been a staple of the indie festival circuit over the past 10 years.
This new LP brings their Magnetic Fields and Tullycraft influences together once more. It has been four years, and THE SMITTENS are finally ready to share some of the new songs they've been recording.
Lately, their optimism and sunny disposition seems to be tempered by heavier affairs, taking their songcraft to a new level that may cause those listeners to dig in to a deeper bag of adjectives to find a word more meaningful than the simplistic "cute" tag that often falls on bands sincere enough to actually dare call their band something like THE SMITTENS.
There's something urgent, heartfelt and pure about the way this gang finds meaning and hope in times of recession - like they've become more modern in terms of being honest about the world and how it affects people.
On "Believe Me", THE SMITTENS are tackling life head-on, addressing grown-up things like the passage of time and uncertainty with an observant, considerate and ultimately hopeful approach.
Even as THE SMITTENS are getting serious they still manage to combine clever arrangements with their multi-voiced, addictive melodies, to deliver an empathetic response to the general malaise of the modern era.
Their tried and true Gentlefication Audio Recording Process produces sensitive and thoughtful songs that POP somewhere between "pep talk" and "pep rally." That's how they roll.
Bravely vulnerable, this gang is a little older and a little wiser and probably still the same amount of nice.